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1 Kings 3      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
Solomon’s Rule Consolidated

       1.Then Solomon formed a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her to the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the LORD and the wall around Jerusalem.  2.The people were still sacrificing on the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the LORD until those days.

       3.Now Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.  4.The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place; Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.  5.In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask what you wish Me to give you.”

Solomon’s Prayer

       6.Then Solomon said, “You have shown great lovingkindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great lovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.  7.“Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.  8.“Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted.  9.“So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

God’s Answer

       10.It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.  11.God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice,  12.behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.  13.“I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days.  14.“If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days.”

       15.Then Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and made peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

Solomon Wisely Judges

       16.Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him.  17.The one woman said, “Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house.  18.“It happened on the third day after I gave birth, that this woman also gave birth to a child, and we were together. There was no stranger with us in the house, only the two of us in the house.  19.“This woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on it.  20.“So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from beside me while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead son in my bosom.  21.“When I rose in the morning to nurse my son, behold, he was dead; but when I looked at him carefully in the morning, behold, he was not my son, whom I had borne.”  22.Then the other woman said, “No! For the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son.” But the first woman said, “No! For the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.” Thus they spoke before the king.

       23.Then the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son who is living, and your son is the dead one’; and the other says, ‘No! For your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.’”  24.The king said, “Get me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king.  25.The king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.”  26.Then the woman whose child was the living one spoke to the king, for she was deeply stirred over her son and said, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him!”  27.Then the king said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him. She is his mother.”  28.When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had handed down, they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.



Simple Definitions
: knowledge that is gained by having many experiences in life
: the natural ability to understand things that most other people cannot understand
: knowledge of what is proper or reasonable : good sense or judgment



Proverbs 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
The Usefulness of Proverbs
1.The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2.To know wisdom and instruction,
          To discern the sayings of understanding,
3.To receive instruction in wise behavior,
          Righteousness, justice and equity;
4.To give prudence to the naive,
          To the youth knowledge and discretion,
5.A wise man will hear and increase in learning,
          And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
6.To understand a proverb and a figure,
          The words of the wise and their riddles.

       7.The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
          Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Enticement of Sinners
       8.Hear, my son, your father’s instruction
          And do not forsake your mother’s teaching;
9.Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head
          And ornaments about your neck.
10.My son, if sinners entice you,
           Do not consent.
11.If they say, “Come with us,
           Let us lie in wait for blood,
           Let us ambush the innocent without cause;
12.Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,
           Even whole, as those who go down to the pit;
13.We will find all kinds of precious wealth,
           We will fill our houses with spoil;
14.Throw in your lot with us,
           We shall all have one purse,”
15.My son, do not walk in the way with them.
           Keep your feet from their path,
16.For their feet run to evil
           And they hasten to shed blood.
17.Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net
           In the sight of any bird;
18.But they lie in wait for their own blood;
           They ambush their own lives.
19.So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence;
           It takes away the life of its possessors.

Wisdom Warns
       20.Wisdom shouts in the street,
           She lifts her voice in the square;
21.At the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
           At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:
22.“How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded?
           And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing
           And fools hate knowledge?
23.“Turn to my reproof,
           Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;
           I will make my words known to you.
24.“Because I called and you refused,
           I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
25.And you neglected all my counsel
           And did not want my reproof;
26.I will also laugh at your calamity;
           I will mock when your dread comes,
27.When your dread comes like a storm
           And your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
           When distress and anguish come upon you.
28.“Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
           They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,
29.Because they hated knowledge
           And did not choose the fear of the L
30.“They would not accept my counsel,
           They spurned all my reproof.
31.“So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way
           And be satiated with their own devices.
32.“For the waywardness of the naive will kill them,
           And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33.“But he who listens to me shall live securely
           And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”



1 Kings 4:20-34      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear    
Solomon’s Power, Wealth and Wisdom

       20.Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand that is on the seashore in abundance; they were eating and drinking and rejoicing.

       21.Now Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt; they brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.

       22.Solomon’s provision for one day was thirty kors of fine flour and sixty kors of meal,  23.ten fat oxen, twenty pasture-fed oxen, a hundred sheep besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and fattened fowl.  24.For he had dominion over everything west of the River, from Tiphsah even to Gaza, over all the kings west of the River; and he had peace on all sides around about him.  25.So Judah and Israel lived in safety, every man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.  26.Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 horsemen  27.Those deputies provided for King Solomon and all who came to King Solomon’s table, each in his month; they left nothing lacking.  28.They also brought barley and straw for the horses and swift steeds to the place where it should be, each according to his charge.

       29.Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.  30.Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.  31.For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations.  32.He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.  33.He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish.  34.Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.



1 Kings 5:1-12      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear    
Alliance with King Hiram

       1.Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon, when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram had always been a friend of David.  2.Then Solomon sent word to Hiram, saying,  3.“You know that David my father was unable to build a house for the name of the LORD his God because of the wars which surrounded him, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet.  4.“But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor misfortune.  5.“Behold, I intend to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spoke to David my father, saying, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he will build the house for My name.’  6.“Now therefore, command that they cut for me cedars from Lebanon, and my servants will be with your servants; and I will give you wages for your servants according to all that you say, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.”

       7.When Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly and said, “Blessed be the LORD today, who has given to David a wise son over this great people.”  8.So Hiram sent word to Solomon, saying, “I have heard the message which you have sent me; I will do what you desire concerning the cedar and cypress timber.  9.“My servants will bring them down from Lebanon to the sea; and I will make them into rafts to go by sea to the place where you direct me, and I will have them broken up there, and you shall carry them away. Then you shall accomplish my desire by giving food to my household.”  10.So Hiram gave Solomon as much as he desired of the cedar and cypress timber.  11.Solomon then gave Hiram 20,000 kors of wheat as food for his household, and twenty kors of beaten oil; thus Solomon would give Hiram year by year.  12.The LORD gave wisdom to Solomon, just as He promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a covenant.



Differences between Knowledge and Wisdom
Knowledge is really about facts and ideas that we acquire through study, research, investigation, observation, or experience. 
Wisdom is the ability to discern and judge which aspects of that knowledge are true, right, lasting, and applicable to your life.

"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad."



Proverbs 2      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
The Pursuit of Wisdom Brings Security
1.My son, if you will receive my words
          And treasure my commandments within you,
2.Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
          Incline your heart to understanding;
3.For if you cry for discernment,
          Lift your voice for understanding;
4.If you seek her as silver
          And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5.Then you will discern the fear of the LORD
          And discover the knowledge of God.
6.For the LORD gives wisdom;
          From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7.He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
          He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8.Guarding the paths of justice,
          And He preserves the way of His godly ones.
9.Then you will discern righteousness and justice
          And equity and every good course.
10.For wisdom will enter your heart
           And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11.Discretion will guard you,
           Understanding will watch over you,
12.To deliver you from the way of evil,
           From the man who speaks perverse things;
13.From those who leave the paths of uprightness
           To walk in the ways of darkness;
14.Who delight in doing evil
           And rejoice in the perversity of evil;
15.Whose paths are crooked,
           And who are devious in their ways;
16.To deliver you from the strange woman,
           From the adulteress who flatters with her words;
17.That leaves the companion of her youth
           And forgets the covenant of her God;
18.For her house sinks down to death
           And her tracks lead to the dead;
19.None who go to her return again,
           Nor do they reach the paths of life.
20.So you will walk in the way of good men
           And keep to the paths of the righteous.
21.For the upright will live in the land
           And the blameless will remain in it;
22.But the wicked will be cut off from the land
           And the treacherous will be uprooted from it.



1 Kings 10      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear    
The Queen of Sheba

       1.Now when the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with difficult questions.  2.So she came to Jerusalem with a very large retinue, with camels carrying spices and very much gold and precious stones. When she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart.  3.Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was hidden from the king which he did not explain to her.  4.When the queen of Sheba perceived all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built,  5.the food of his table, the seating of his servants, the attendance of his waiters and their attire, his cupbearers, and his stairway by which he went up to the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her.  6.Then she said to the king, “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom.  7.“Nevertheless I did not believe the reports, until I came and my eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. You exceed in wisdom and prosperity the report which I heard.  8.“How blessed are your men, how blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom.  9.“Blessed be the LORD your God who delighted in you to set you on the throne of Israel; because the LORD loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness.”  10.She gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and a very great amount of spices and precious stones. Never again did such abundance of spices come in as that which the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon.

       11.Also the ships of Hiram, which brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir a very great number of almug trees and precious stones.  12.The king made of the almug trees supports for the house of the LORD and for the king’s house, also lyres and harps for the singers; such almug trees have not come in again nor have they been seen to this day.

       13.King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire which she requested, besides what he gave her according to his royal bounty. Then she turned and went to her own land together with her servants.

Wealth, Splendor and Wisdom

       14.Now the weight of gold which came in to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold,  15.besides that from the traders and the wares of the merchants and all the kings of the Arabs and the governors of the country.  16.King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold, using 600 shekels of gold on each large shield.  17.He made 300 shields of beaten gold, using three minas of gold on each shield, and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.  18.Moreover, the king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with refined gold.  19.There were six steps to the throne and a round top to the throne at its rear, and arms on each side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the arms.  20.Twelve lions were standing there on the six steps on the one side and on the other; nothing like it was made for any other kingdom.  21.All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold. None was of silver; it was not considered valuable in the days of Solomon.  22.For the king had at sea the ships of Tarshish with the ships of Hiram; once every three years the ships of Tarshish came bringing gold and silver, ivory and apes and peacocks.

       23.So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.  24.All the earth was seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart.  25.They brought every man his gift, articles of silver and gold, garments, weapons, spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year.

       26.Now Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen; and he had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.  27.The king made silver as common as stones in Jerusalem, and he made cedars as plentiful as sycamore trees that are in the lowland.  28.Also Solomon’s import of horses was from Egypt and Kue, and the king’s merchants procured them from Kue for a price.  29.A chariot was imported from Egypt for 600 shekels of silver, and a horse for 150; and by the same means they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of the Arameans.



Matthew 12:33-50      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Words Reveal Character

       33.“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.  34.“You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.  35.“The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.  36.“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.  37.“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

The Desire for Signs

       38.Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”  39.But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;  40.for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  41.“The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.  42.The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

       43.“Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it.  44.“Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order.  45.“Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”

Changed Relationships

       46.While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him.  47.Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.”  48.But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”  49.And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers!  50.“For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”



Proverbs 3      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
The Rewards of Wisdom
1.My son, do not forget my teaching,
          But let your heart keep my commandments;
2.For length of days and years of life
          And peace they will add to you.
3.Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
          Bind them around your neck,
          Write them on the tablet of your heart..
4.So you will find favor and good repute
          In the sight of God and man.
5.Trust in the LORD with all your heart
          And do not lean on your own understanding.
6.In all your ways acknowledge Him,
          And He will make your paths straight.
7.Do not be wise in your own eyes;
          Fear the L
ORD and turn away from evil.
8.It will be healing to your body
          And refreshment to your bones.
9.Honor the LORD from your wealth
          And from the first of all your produce;
10.So your barns will be filled with plenty
           And your vats will overflow with new wine
11.My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD
           Or loathe His reproof,
12.For whom the LORD loves He reproves,
           Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

       13.How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
           And the man who gains understanding.
14.For her profit is better than the profit of silver
           And her gain better than fine gold.
15.She is more precious than jewels;
           And nothing you desire compares with her.
16.Long life is in her right hand;
           In her left hand are riches and honor.
17.Her ways are pleasant ways
           And all her paths are peace.
18.She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
           And happy are all who hold her fast.
19.The LORD by wisdom founded the earth,
           By understanding He established the heavens.
20.By His knowledge the deeps were broken up
           And the skies drip with dew.
21.My son, let them not vanish from your sight;
           Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22.So they will be life to your soul
           And adornment to your neck.
23.Then you will walk in your way securely
           And your foot will not stumble.
24.When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
           When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25.Do not be afraid of sudden fear
           Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;
26.For the LORD will be your confidence
           And will keep your foot from being caught.

       27.Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
           When it is in your power to do it.
28.Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back,
           And tomorrow I will give it,
           When you have it with you.
29.Do not devise harm against your neighbor,
           While he lives securely beside you.
30.Do not contend with a man without cause,
           If he has done you no harm.
31.Do not envy a man of violence
           And do not choose any of his ways.
32.For the devious are an abomination to the LORD;
           But He is intimate with the upright.
33.The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked,
           But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
34.Though He scoffs at the scoffers,
           Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.
35.The wise will inherit honor,
           But fools display dishonor.



Luke 21:10-24      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Things to Come

       10.Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom,  11.and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

       12.“But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.  13.“It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.  14.“So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves;  15.for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.  16.“But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death,  17.and you will be hated by all because of My name.  18.“Yet not a hair of your head will perish.  19.“By your endurance you will gain your lives.

       20.“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near.  21.“Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city;  22.because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.  23.“Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people;  24.and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.



Acts 6      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Choosing of the Seven

       1.Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.  2.So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables.  3.“Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.  4.“But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”  5.The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.  6.And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.

       7.The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.

       8.And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people.  9.But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen.  10.But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.  11.Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”  12.And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they came up to him and dragged him away and brought him before the Council.  13.They put forward false witnesses who said, “This man incessantly speaks against this holy place and the Law;  14.for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses handed down to us.”  15.And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the Council saw his face like the face of an angel.



Acts 7      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Stephen’s Defense

       1.The high priest said, “Are these things so?”

       2.And he said, “Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,  3.and said to him, ‘LEAVE YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR RELATIVES, AND COME INTO THE LAND THAT I WILL SHOW YOU.’  4.“Then he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. From there, after his father died, God had him move to this country in which you are now living.  5.“But He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot of ground, and yet, even when he had no child, He promised that HE WOULD GIVE IT TO HIM AS A POSSESSION, AND TO HIS DESCENDANTS AFTER HIM6.“But God spoke to this effect, that his DESCENDANTS WOULD BE ALIENS IN A FOREIGN LAND, AND THAT THEY WOULD BE ENSLAVED AND MISTREATED FOR FOUR HUNDRED YEARS7.“ ‘AND WHATEVER NATION TO WHICH THEY WILL BE IN BONDAGE I MYSELF WILL JUDGE,’ said God, ‘AND AFTER THAT THEY WILL COME OUT AND SERVE ME IN THIS PLACE.’  8.“And He gave him the covenant of circumcision; and so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.

       9.“The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. Yet God was with him,  10.and rescued him from all his afflictions, and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household.

       11.“Now a famine came over all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction with it, and our fathers could find no food.  12.“But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time.  13.“On the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family was disclosed to Pharaoh.  14.“Then Joseph sent word and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five persons in all.  15.“And Jacob went down to Egypt and there he and our fathers died.  16.From there they were removed to Shechem and laid in the tomb which Abraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

       17.“But as the time of the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt,  18.until THERE AROSE ANOTHER KING OVER EGYPT WHO KNEW NOTHING ABOUT JOSEPH19.“It was he who took shrewd advantage of our race and mistreated our fathers so that they would expose their infants and they would not survive.  20.“It was at this time that Moses was born; and he was lovely in the sight of God, and he was nurtured three months in his father’s home.  21.“And after he had been set outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him away and nurtured him as her own son.  22.“Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds.  23.“But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel.  24.“And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian.  25.“And he supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them deliverance through him, but they did not understand.  26.“On the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another?’  27.“But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ‘WHO MADE YOU A RULER AND JUDGE OVER US28.‘YOU DO NOT MEAN TO KILL ME AS YOU KILLED THE EGYPTIAN YESTERDAY, DO YOU?’  29.“At this remark, MOSES FLED AND BECAME AN ALIEN IN THE LAND OF MIDIAN, where he became the father of two sons.


       35.“This Moses whom they disowned, saying, ‘WHO MADE YOU A RULER AND A JUDGE?’ is the one whom God sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush.  36.“This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years.  37.“This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN.’  38.“This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you.  39.“Our fathers were unwilling to be obedient to him, but repudiated him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt,  40.SAYING TO AARON, ‘MAKE FOR US GODS WHO WILL GO BEFORE US; FOR THIS MOSES WHO LED US OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT—WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM.’  41.“At that time they made a calf and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.  42.“But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘IT WAS NOT TO ME THAT YOU OFFERED VICTIMS AND SACRIFICES FORTY YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS, WAS IT, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL43.‘YOU ALSO TOOK ALONG THE TABERNACLE OF MOLOCH AND THE STAR OF THE GOD ROMPHA, THE IMAGES WHICH YOU MADE TO WORSHIP. I ALSO WILL REMOVE YOU BEYOND BABYLON.’

       44.“Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the pattern which he had seen.  45.“And having received it in their turn, our fathers brought it in with Joshua upon dispossessing the nations whom God drove out before our fathers, until the time of David.  46.David found favor in God’s sight, and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob.  47.“But it was Solomon who built a house for Him.  48.“However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says:



       51.“You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did.  52.“Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become;  53.you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.”

Stephen Put to Death

       54.Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him.  55.But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God;  56.and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”  57.But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse.  58.When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul.  59.They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”  60.Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep.



Proverbs 4      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
A Father’s Instruction
1.Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father,
          And give attention that you may gain understanding,
2.For I give you sound teaching;
          Do not abandon my instruction.
3.When I was a son to my father,
          Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,
4.Then he taught me and said to me,
          “Let your heart hold fast my words;
          Keep my commandments and live;
5.Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!
          Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6.“Do not forsake her, and she will guard you;
          Love her, and she will watch over you.
7.“The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;
          And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
8.“Prize her, and she will exalt you;
          She will honor you if you embrace her.
9.“She will place on your head a garland of grace;
          She will present you with a crown of beauty.”

       10.Hear, my son, and accept my sayings
           And the years of your life will be many.
11.I have directed you in the way of wisdom;
           I have led you in upright paths.
12.When you walk, your steps will not be impeded;
           And if you run, you will not stumble.
13.Take hold of instruction; do not let go.
           Guard her, for she is your life.
14.Do not enter the path of the wicked
           And do not proceed in the way of evil men.
15.Avoid it, do not pass by it;
           Turn away from it and pass on.
16.For they cannot sleep unless they do evil;
           And they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
17.For they eat the bread of wickedness
           And drink the wine of violence.
18.But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
           That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
19.The way of the wicked is like darkness;
           They do not know over what they stumble.

       20.My son, give attention to my words;
           Incline your ear to my sayings.
21.Do not let them depart from your sight;
           Keep them in the midst of your heart.
22.For they are life to those who find them
           And health to all their body.
23.Watch over your heart with all diligence,
           For from it flow the springs of life.
24.Put away from you a deceitful mouth
           And put devious speech far from you.
25.Let your eyes look directly ahead
           And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.
26.Watch the path of your feet
           And all your ways will be established.
27.Do not turn to the right nor to the left;
           Turn your foot from evil.



Romans 11      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Israel Is Not Cast Away

       1.I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.  2.God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?  3.“Lord, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE.”  4.But what is the divine response to him? “I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.”  5.In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice.  6.But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

       7.What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened;

8.just as it is written,

9.And David says,


       11.I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.  12.Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!  13.But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,  14.if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.  15.For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?  16.If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.

       17.But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree,  18.do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.  19.You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”  20.Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;  21.for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.  22.Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.  23.And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.  24.For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?

       25.For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;

26.and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,


28.From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers;  29.for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  30.For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience,  31.so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy.  32.For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

       33.Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!  34.For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR35.Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN 36.For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.



1 Corinthians 1:18-31      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Wisdom of God

       18.For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

19.For it is written,

20.Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  21.For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.  22.For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;  23.but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,  24.but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  25.Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

       26.For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  27.but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,  28.and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,  29.so that no man may boast before God.  30.But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,  31.so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”



discernment, insight, perception, perceptiveness, perceptivity, sagaciousness, sagacity, sageness, sapience
Antonyms: imprudence, inadvisability, inexpedience, inexpediency, injudiciousness, unwisdom



Proverbs 8      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
The Commendation of Wisdom
1.Does not wisdom call,
          And understanding lift up her voice?
2.On top of the heights beside the way,
          Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3.Beside the gates, at the opening to the city,
          At the entrance of the doors, she cries out:
4.“To you, O men, I call,
          And my voice is to the sons of men.
5.“O naive ones, understand prudence;
          And, O fools, understand wisdom.
6.“Listen, for I will speak noble things;
          And the opening of my lips will reveal right things.
7.“For my mouth will utter truth;
          And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8.“All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness;
          There is nothing crooked or perverted in them.
9.“They are all straightforward to him who understands,
          And right to those who find knowledge.
10.“Take my instruction and not silver,
           And knowledge rather than choicest gold.
11.“For wisdom is better than jewels;
           And all desirable things cannot compare with her.

       12.“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
           And I find knowledge and discretion.
13.“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil;
           Pride and arrogance and the evil way
           And the perverted mouth, I hate.
14.“Counsel is mine and sound wisdom;
           I am understanding, power is mine.
15.“By me kings reign,
           And rulers decree justice.
16.“By me princes rule, and nobles,
           All who judge rightly.
17.“I love those who love me;
           And those who diligently seek me will find me.
18.“Riches and honor are with me,
           Enduring wealth and righteousness.
19.“My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold,
           And my yield better than choicest silver.
20.“I walk in the way of righteousness,
           In the midst of the paths of justice,
21.To endow those who love me with wealth,
           That I may fill their treasuries.

       22.“The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way,
           Before His works of old.
23.“From everlasting I was established,
           From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.
24.“When there were no depths I was brought forth,
           When there were no springs abounding with water.
25.“Before the mountains were settled,
           Before the hills I was brought forth;
26.While He had not yet made the earth and the fields,
           Nor the first dust of the world.
27.“When He established the heavens, I was there,
           When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
28.When He made firm the skies above,
           When the springs of the deep became fixed,
29.When He set for the sea its boundary
           So that the water would not transgress His command,
           When He marked out the foundations of the earth;
30.Then I was beside Him, as a master workman;
           And I was daily His delight,
           Rejoicing always before Him,
31.Rejoicing in the world, His earth,
           And having my delight in the sons of men.

       32.“Now therefore, O sons, listen to me,
           For blessed are they who keep my ways.
33.“Heed instruction and be wise,
           And do not neglect it.
34.“Blessed is the man who listens to me,
           Watching daily at my gates,
           Waiting at my doorposts.
35.“For he who finds me finds life
           And obtains favor from the L
36.“But he who sins against me injures himself;
           All those who hate me love death.”  



1 Corinthians 2      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Paul’s Reliance upon the Spirit

       1.And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.  2.For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.  3.I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling,  4.and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,  5.so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

       6.Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;  7.but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory;  8.the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;

9.but just as it is written,

10.For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.  11.For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.  12.Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God13.which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.

       14.But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.  15.But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one.  16.For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.



1 Corinthians 3      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Foundations for Living

       1.And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ.  2.I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able,  3.for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?  4.For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men?

       5.What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.  6.I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.  7.So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.  8.Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  9.For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

       10.According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.  11.For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12.Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,  13.each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.  14.If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.  15.If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

       16.Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  17.If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

       18.Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.  19.For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS”;  20.and again, “THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS.”  21.So then let no one boast in men. For all things belong to you,  22.whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you,  23.and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.



Proverbs 9      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
Wisdom’s Invitation
1.Wisdom has built her house,
          She has hewn out her seven pillars;
2.She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine;
          She has also set her table;
3.She has sent out her maidens, she calls
          From the tops of the heights of the city:
4.“Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!”
          To him who lacks understanding she says,
5.“Come, eat of my food
          And drink of the wine I have mixed.
6.“Forsake your folly and live,
          And proceed in the way of understanding.”

       7.He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself,
          And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.
8.Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,
          Reprove a wise man and he will love you.
9.Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser,
          Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.
10.The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
           And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11.For by me your days will be multiplied,
           And years of life will be added to you.
12.If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
           And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

       13.The woman of folly is boisterous,
           She is naive and knows nothing.
14.She sits at the doorway of her house,
           On a seat by the high places of the city,
15.Calling to those who pass by,
           Who are making their paths straight:
16.“Whoever is naive, let him turn in here,”
           And to him who lacks understanding she says,
17.“Stolen water is sweet;
           And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18.But he does not know that the dead are there,
           That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.



1 Corinthians 12      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Use of Spiritual Gifts

       1.Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware.  2.You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led.  3.Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

       4.Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.  5.And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.  6.There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.  7.But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  8.For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;  9.to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,  10.and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.  11.But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

       12.For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.  13.For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

       14.For the body is not one member, but many.  15.If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.  16.And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.  17.If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?  18.But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.  19.If they were all one member, where would the body be?  20.But now there are many members, but one body.  21.And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”  22.On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;  23.and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable,  24.whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked,  25.so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.  26.And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

       27.Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.  28.And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.  29.All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they?  30.All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they?  31.But earnestly desire the greater gifts.
       And I show you a still more excellent way.



2 Corinthians 1:12-24      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Paul’s Integrity

       12.For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.  13.For we write nothing else to you than what you read and understand, and I hope you will understand until the end;  14.just as you also partially did understand us, that we are your reason to be proud as you also are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus.

       15.In this confidence I intended at first to come to you, so that you might twice receive a blessing;  16.that is, to pass your way into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and by you to be helped on my journey to Judea.  17.Therefore, I was not vacillating when I intended to do this, was I? Or what I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, so that with me there will be yes, yes and no, no at the same time?  18.But as God is faithful, our word to you is not yes and no.  19.For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silvanus and Timothy—was not yes and no, but is yes in Him.  20.For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.  21.Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God,  22.who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.

       23.But I call God as witness to my soul, that to spare you I did not come again to Corinth.  24.Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are standing firm.



Proverbs 10      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
Contrast of the Righteous and the Wicked
1.The proverbs of Solomon.
          A wise son makes a father glad,
          But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.
2.Ill-gotten gains do not profit,
          But righteousness delivers from death.
3.The LORD will not allow the righteous to hunger,
          But He will reject the craving of the wicked.
4.Poor is he who works with a negligent hand,
          But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5.He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely,
          But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.
6.Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
          But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
7.The memory of the righteous is blessed,
          But the name of the wicked will rot.
8.The wise of heart will receive commands,
          But a babbling fool will be ruined.
9.He who walks in integrity walks securely,
          But he who perverts his ways will be found out.
10.He who winks the eye causes trouble,
           And a babbling fool will be ruined.
11.The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
           But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12.Hatred stirs up strife,
           But love covers all transgressions.
13.On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found,
           But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.
14.Wise men store up knowledge,
           But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.
15.The rich man’s wealth is his fortress,
           The ruin of the poor is their poverty.
16.The wages of the righteous is life,
           The income of the wicked, punishment.
17.He is on the path of life who heeds instruction,
           But he who ignores reproof goes astray.
18.He who conceals hatred has lying lips,
           And he who spreads slander is a fool.
19.When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
           But he who restrains his lips is wise.
20.The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver,
           The heart of the wicked is worth little.
21.The lips of the righteous feed many,
           But fools die for lack of understanding.
22.It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich,
           And He adds no sorrow to it.
23.Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool,
           And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.
24.What the wicked fears will come upon him,
           But the desire of the righteous will be granted.
25.When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more,
           But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
26.Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
           So is the lazy one to those who send him.
27.The fear of the LORD prolongs life,
           But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
28.The hope of the righteous is gladness,
           But the expectation of the wicked perishes.
29.The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the upright,
           But ruin to the workers of iniquity.
30.The righteous will never be shaken,
           But the wicked will not dwell in the land.
31.The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom,
           But the perverted tongue will be cut out.
32.The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable,
           But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted.  



Ephesians 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Blessings of Redemption

       1.Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
          To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: 
2.Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

       3.Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  4.just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love  5.He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6.to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  7.In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace  8.which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight  9.He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him  10.with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him  11.also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,  12.to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.  13.In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,  14.who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

       15.For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints,  16.do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers;  17.that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.  18.I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19.and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might  20.which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,  21.far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.  22.And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,  23.which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.



Ephesians 3      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Paul’s Stewardship

       1.For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—  2.if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you;  3.that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.  4.By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,  5.which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;  6.to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,  7.of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.  8.To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,  9.and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things;  10.so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.  11.This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,  12.in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.  13.Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.

       14.For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  15.from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,  16.that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,  17.so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  18.may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,  19.and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

       20.Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,  21.to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.



Proverbs 14      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
1.The wise woman builds her house,
          But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
2.He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD,
          But he who is devious in his ways despises Him.
3.In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back,
          But the lips of the wise will protect them.
4.Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,
          But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.
5.A trustworthy witness will not lie,
          But a false witness utters lies.
6.A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none,
          But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.
7.Leave the presence of a fool,
          Or you will not discern words of knowledge.
8.The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way,
          But the foolishness of fools is deceit.
9.Fools mock at sin,
          But among the upright there is good will.
10.The heart knows its own bitterness,
           And a stranger does not share its joy.
11.The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
           But the tent of the upright will flourish.
12.There is a way which seems right to a man,
           But its end is the way of death.
13.Even in laughter the heart may be in pain,
           And the end of joy may be grief.
14.The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways,
           But a good man will be satisfied with his.
15.The naive believes everything,
           But the sensible man considers his steps.
16.A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil,
           But a fool is arrogant and careless.
17.A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,
           And a man of evil devices is hated.
18.The naive inherit foolishness,
           But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.
19.The evil will bow down before the good,
           And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20.The poor is hated even by his neighbor,
           But those who love the rich are many.
21.He who despises his neighbor sins,
           But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.
22.Will they not go astray who devise evil?
           But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.
23.In all labor there is profit,
           But mere talk leads only to poverty.
24.The crown of the wise is their riches,
           But the folly of fools is foolishness.
25.A truthful witness saves lives,
           But he who utters lies is treacherous.
26.In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence,
           And his children will have refuge.
27.The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
           That one may avoid the snares of death.
28.In a multitude of people is a king’s glory,
           But in the dearth of people is a prince’s ruin.
29.He who is slow to anger has great understanding,
           But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.
30.A tranquil heart is life to the body,
           But passion is rottenness to the bones.
31.He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker,
           But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
32.The wicked is thrust down by his wrongdoing,
           But the righteous has a refuge when he dies.
33.Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding,
           But in the hearts of fools it is made known.
34.Righteousness exalts a nation,
           But sin is a disgrace to any people.
35.The king’s favor is toward a servant who acts wisely,
           But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.



Colossians 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Thankfulness for Spiritual Attainments

       1.Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

       2.To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

       3.We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,  4.since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints;  5.because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel  6.which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth;  7.just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,  8.and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit.

       9.For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,  10.so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;  11.strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously  12.giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.

The Incomparable Christ

       13.For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,  14.in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

       15.He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  16.For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.  17.He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  18.He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.  19.For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,  20.and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

       21.And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,  22.yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—  23.if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.

       24.Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.  25.Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,  26.that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints,  27.to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  28.We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.  29.For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.



Colossians 2      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
You Are Built Up in Christ

       1.For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face,  2.that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself,  3.in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  4.I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument.  5.For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.

       6.Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  7.having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

       8.See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.  9.For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,  10.and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;  11.and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;  12.having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.  13.When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,  14.having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  15.When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

       16.Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day—  17.things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.  18.Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind,  19.and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.

       20.If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as,  21.“Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!”  22.(which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men?  23.These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.



Proverbs 19      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
On Life and Conduct
1.Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
          Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.
2.Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge,
          And he who hurries his footsteps errs.
3.The foolishness of man ruins his way,
          And his heart rages against the L
4.Wealth adds many friends,
          But a poor man is separated from his friend.
5.A false witness will not go unpunished,
          And he who tells lies will not escape.
6.Many will seek the favor of a generous man,
          And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.
7.All the brothers of a poor man hate him;
          How much more do his friends abandon him!
          He pursues them with words, but they are gone.
8.He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
          He who keeps understanding will find good.
9.A false witness will not go unpunished,
          And he who tells lies will perish.
10.Luxury is not fitting for a fool;
           Much less for a slave to rule over princes.
11.A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger,
           And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.
12.The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion,
           But his favor is like dew on the grass.
13.A foolish son is destruction to his father,
           And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.
14.House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers,
           But a prudent wife is from the L
15.Laziness casts into a deep sleep,
           And an idle man will suffer hunger.
16.He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
           But he who is careless of conduct will die.
17.One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD,
           And He will repay him for his good deed.
18.Discipline your son while there is hope,
           And do not desire his death.
19.A man of great anger will bear the penalty,
           For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.
20.Listen to counsel and accept discipline,
           That you may be wise the rest of your days.
21.Many plans are in a man’s heart,
           But the counsel of the L
ORD will stand.
22.What is desirable in a man is his kindness,
           And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
23.The fear of the LORD leads to life,
           So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.
24.The sluggard buries his hand in the dish,
           But will not even bring it back to his mouth.
25.Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd,
           But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.
26.He who assaults his father and drives his mother away
           Is a shameful and disgraceful son.
27.Cease listening, my son, to discipline,
           And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28.A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice,
           And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.
29.Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
           And blows for the back of fools.  



Colossians 3:1-17      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Put On the New Self

       1.Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  2.Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.  3.For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  4.When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

       5.Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.  6.For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,  7.and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.  8.But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.  9.Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,  10.and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—  11.a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

       12.So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;  13.bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.  14.Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.  15.Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.  16.Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  17.Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.



Colossians 4      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Fellow Workers

       1.Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.

       2.Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;  3.praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;  4.that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.

       5.Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.  6.Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

       7.As to all my affairs, Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information.  8.For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts;  9.and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of your number. They will inform you about the whole situation here.

       10.Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you his greetings; and also Barnabas’s cousin Mark (about whom you received instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him);  11.and also Jesus who is called Justus; these are the only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are from the circumcision, and they have proved to be an encouragement to me.  12.Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.  13.For I testify for him that he has a deep concern for you and for those who are in Laodicea and Hierapolis.  14.Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and also Demas.  15.Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea and also Nympha and the church that is in her house.  16.When this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodicea.  17.Say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”

       18.I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you.



Proverbs 24      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
Precepts and Warnings
1.Do not be envious of evil men,
          Nor desire to be with them;
2.For their minds devise violence,
          And their lips talk of trouble.

       3.By wisdom a house is built,
          And by understanding it is established;
4.And by knowledge the rooms are filled
          With all precious and pleasant riches.

       5.A wise man is strong,
          And a man of knowledge increases power.
6.For by wise guidance you will wage war,
          And in abundance of counselors there is victory.

       7.Wisdom is too exalted for a fool,
          He does not open his mouth in the gate.

       8.One who plans to do evil,
          Men will call a schemer.
9.The devising of folly is sin,
          And the scoffer is an abomination to men.

       10.If you are slack in the day of distress,
           Your strength is limited.

       11.Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
           And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.
12.If you say, “See, we did not know this,”
           Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?
           And does He not know it who keeps your soul?
           And will He not render to man according to his work?

       13.My son, eat honey, for it is good,
           Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;
14.Know that wisdom is thus for your soul;
           If you find it, then there will be a future,
           And your hope will not be cut off.

       15.Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;
           Do not destroy his resting place;
16.For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,
           But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
17.Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
           And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
18.Or the LORD will see it and be displeased,
           And turn His anger away from him.

       19.Do not fret because of evildoers
           Or be envious of the wicked;
20.For there will be no future for the evil man;
           The lamp of the wicked will be put out.

       21.My son, fear the LORD and the king;
           Do not associate with those who are given to change,
22.For their calamity will rise suddenly,
           And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?

       23.These also are sayings of the wise.
           To show partiality in judgment is not good.
24.He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
           Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;
25.But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight,
           And a good blessing will come upon them.
26.He kisses the lips
           Who gives a right answer.

       27.Prepare your work outside
           And make it ready for yourself in the field;
           Afterwards, then, build your house.

       28.Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,
           And do not deceive with your lips.
29.Do not say, “Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me;
           I will render to the man according to his work.”

       30.I passed by the field of the sluggard
           And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense,
31.And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles;
           Its surface was covered with nettles,
           And its stone wall was broken down.
32.When I saw, I reflected upon it;
           I looked, and received instruction.
33.“A little sleep, a little slumber,
           A little folding of the hands to rest,”
34.Then your poverty will come as a robber
           And your want like an armed man.  



2 Timothy 3      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
“Difficult Times Will Come”

       1.But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.  2.For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,  3.unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,  4.treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  5.holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.  6.For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses,  7.always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  8.Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith.  9.But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.

       10.Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance,  11.persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me!  12.Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.  13.But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.  14.You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,  15.and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  16.All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;  17.so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.



James 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Testing Your Faith

       1.James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
       To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings.

       2.Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,  3.knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4.And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

       5.But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  6.But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.  7.For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,  8.being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

       9.But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position;  10.and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away.  11.For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.

       12.Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.  13.Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.  14.But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.  15.Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.  16.Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  17.Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.  18.In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.

       19.This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;  20.for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.  21.Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.  22.But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.  23.For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;  24.for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.  25.But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

       26.If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.  27.Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.



James 3      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Tongue Is a Fire

       1.Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.  2.For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.  3.Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.  4.Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.  5.So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.
       See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! 
6.And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.  7.For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race.  8.But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.  9.With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;  10.from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.  11.Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?  12.Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.

Wisdom from Above

       13.Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.  14.But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.  15.This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.  16.For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.  17.But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.  18.And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.



Proverbs 30      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
The Words of Agur
1.The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle.
          The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:
2.Surely I am more stupid than any man,
          And I do not have the understanding of a man.
3.Neither have I learned wisdom,
          Nor do I have the knowledge of the Holy One.
4.Who has ascended into heaven and descended?
          Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
          Who has wrapped the waters in His garment?
          Who has established all the ends of the earth?
          What is His name or His son’s name?
          Surely you know!

       5.Every word of God is tested;
          He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
6.Do not add to His words
          Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.

       7.Two things I asked of You,
          Do not refuse me before I die:
8.Keep deception and lies far from me,
          Give me neither poverty nor riches;
          Feed me with the food that is my portion,
9.That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the LORD?”
          Or that I not be in want and steal,
          And profane the name of my God.

       10.Do not slander a slave to his master,
           Or he will curse you and you will be found guilty.

       11.There is a kind of man who curses his father
           And does not bless his mother.
12.There is a kind who is pure in his own eyes,
           Yet is not washed from his filthiness.
13.There is a kind—oh how lofty are his eyes!
           And his eyelids are raised in arrogance.
14.There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords
           And his jaw teeth like knives,
           To devour the afflicted from the earth
           And the needy from among men.

       15.The leech has two daughters,
           “Give,” “Give.”
           There are three things that will not be satisfied,
           Four that will not say, “Enough”:
16.Sheol, and the barren womb,
           Earth that is never satisfied with water,
           And fire that never says, “Enough.”
17.The eye that mocks a father
           And scorns a mother,
           The ravens of the valley will pick it out,
           And the young eagles will eat it.

       18.There are three things which are too wonderful for me,
           Four which I do not understand:
19.The way of an eagle in the sky,
           The way of a serpent on a rock,
           The way of a ship in the middle of the sea,
           And the way of a man with a maid.
20.This is the way of an adulterous woman:
           She eats and wipes her mouth,
           And says, “I have done no wrong.”

       21.Under three things the earth quakes,
           And under four, it cannot bear up:
22.Under a slave when he becomes king,
           And a fool when he is satisfied with food,
23.Under an unloved woman when she gets a husband,
           And a maidservant when she supplants her mistress.

       24.Four things are small on the earth,
           But they are exceedingly wise:
25.The ants are not a strong people,
           But they prepare their food in the summer;
26.The shephanim are not mighty people,
           Yet they make their houses in the rocks;
27.The locusts have no king,
           Yet all of them go out in ranks;
28.The lizard you may grasp with the hands,
           Yet it is in kings’ palaces.

       29.There are three things which are stately in their march,
           Even four which are stately when they walk:
30.The lion which is mighty among beasts
           And does not retreat before any,
31.The strutting rooster, the male goat also,
           And a king when his army is with him.

       32.If you have been foolish in exalting yourself
           Or if you have plotted evil, put your hand on your mouth.
33.For the churning of milk produces butter,
           And pressing the nose brings forth blood;
           So the churning of anger produces strife.



2 Peter 3:10-18      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
A New Heaven and Earth

       10.But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

       11.Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,  12.looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!  13.But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

       14.Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,  15.and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,  16.as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.  17.You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,  18.but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.



Revelation 5      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Book with Seven Seals

       1.I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals.  2.And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?”  3.And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it.  4.Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it;  5.and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”

       6.And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.  7.And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.  8.When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.  9.And they sang a new song, saying,

  “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God
   with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
10.“You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”

Angels Exalt the Lamb

       11.Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands,  12.saying with a loud voice,

  “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor
   and glory and blessing.”
13.And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea,
   and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing
   and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”

14.And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.



Revelation 7      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
An Interlude

       1.After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree.  2.And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea,  3.saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”

The 144,000

       4.And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:

  5.from the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand,
    from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand,
6.from the tribe of Asher twelve thousand, from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand, from the tribe
    of Manasseh twelve thousand,
7.from the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand, from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand, from the tribe of
     Issachar twelve thousand,
8.from the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand, from the tribe
    of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed.

A Multitude from the Tribulation

       9.After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;  10.and they cry out with a loud voice, saying,
         “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” 
11.And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,  12.saying,
         “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

       13.Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?”  14.I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  15.“For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.  16.“They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat;  17.for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”



Revelation 13      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Beast from the Sea

       1.And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore.
       Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. 
2.And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.  3.I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;  4.they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?”  5.There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him.  6.And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.

       7.It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.  8.All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.  9.If anyone has an ear, let him hear.  10.If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.

The Beast from the Earth

       11.Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.  12.He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.  13.He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men.  14.And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life.  15.And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.  16.And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead,  17.and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.  18.Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.



Revelation 17      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Doom of Babylon

       1.Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,  2.with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality."  3.And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns.  4.The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality,  5.and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”  6.And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly.  7.And the angel said to me, “Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.

       8.“The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.  9.“Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits,  10.and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while.  11.“The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction.  12.“The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour.  13.“These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.

Victory for the Lamb

       14.“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”

       15.And he said to me, “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.  16.“And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire.  17.“For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled.  18.“The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.”

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